Major Requirements (Class of 2016)

Note: the new core areas went into effect in fall 2013. Students who are graduating in spring 2016 or later will follow the new core requirements listed on this page. There is also a set of advising recommendations for course clusters for the electives.

Program of Concentration in Sociology
Students majoring in sociology are required to complete 33 hours of work in sociology. The major consists of five types of courses: introduction to sociology; a course in theory; courses that emphasize research skills; courses that familiarize students with core areas of the field; and electives. The statistics course must be taken prior to Sociology 212.
Course work for the major is distributed as follows:

Introduction: Sociology 101, 101W, or 102, 102W (3 hours)

Theory: Sociology 201 (3 hours)

Research Skills: (3 courses, 3 hours each, 9 hours total)
Sociology 127 (or Economics 150 or 155; or Math 127b or 218; students also
majoring in A&S psychology or in the Peabody majors in human and
organizational development, child development, cognitive studies,
or child studies may fulfill the sociology statistics requirement with
Psychology 209 or Peabody Psychology and Human Development
Statistics 2101) followed by or concurrent with
Sociology 211 (or HOD 1700 for HOD double majors), followed by
Sociology 212 (or six credits of Independent Research 296; or Independent Research
299 with the approval of the chair or director of undergraduate studies)

Core Areas:
Culture, Institutions, and Socialization
Sociology 214, 218, 219, 227, 228, 229, 230, 246, 248, 254, 277, 279
Health, Environment, Population, and Migration
Sociology 205, 206, 220, 221, 237, 264, 268, 270, 274; ENVS 287; MHS 231, 240
Politics, Law, and Conflict
Sociology 204, 216, 224, 225, 231, 232, 233, 234, 235, 236, 240, 244, 247, 249, 251, 252;
Jewish Studies 252
Race, Ethnicity, and Gender
Sociology 204, 239, 247, 250, 251, 253, 255, 256, 257, 272; Jewish Studies 155, 158
Students must take at least one course in three of the four core areas  (9 hours)

Electives: Any 3 sociology courses not used to satisfy the above requirements. They may
include one of the following 100-level sociology courses: Sociology 104, 104W, or 115F.  (9 hours).

The Sociology Department advises students to group their three elective sociology courses
in a cluster of advanced concentration electives to be selected with the student’s advisor.

Examples of clusters of advanced concentration electives are as follows:

Cultural Sociology: Soc 204, 218, 219, 227, 228, 229, 246, 248
Environmental Sociology and Demography: Soc 206, Soc 220, 221, 270, 274; ENVS 278
Medical Sociology: Soc 205, 237, 240, 264, 268; MHS 231, MHS 240
Legal- Political Sociology & Criminology: Soc 216, 224, 225, 231, 232, 233, 234, 235, 236,
240, 244, 247, 249, 270, 277, 279
Sociology of Ethnicity, Gender, and Race: Soc 205, 239, 250, 251, 253, 254, 255, 256, 257,
268, 272, 274, 277, 279; Jewish Studies 155, 158

Total hours:   33

Students also take a final comprehensive exam during their senior year. The exam is not graded, and the score does not appear on the final transcript.

Honors Program Requirements

The Honors Program offers superior students the opportunity to pursue intensive work within sociology.  Students who meet the College of Arts and Science requirements and are recommended for the program by the director of undergraduate studies will typically begin the program in the fall of their junior or senior year.  To be considered for the Honors Program in Sociology, a student must have a minimum cumulative GPA and a minimum sociology GPA of 3.3.  Honors in Sociology requires successful completion of at least 6 credit hours of 296 over two semesters.  The first semester, 296, is a 3-credit hour honors seminar in which students develop the literature review and research plan.  In the second semester of 296, also for 3 credits, students must complete the research, data analysis, and initial write-up of results.  Students must complete both the first and the second semesters (six credits total) in order to have the honors sequence replace Sociology 212.  Juniors often elect to take a third or even fourth semester of 296 during the senior year, when they may work on revisions of the project and on publication.  Students who begin the honors program in their senior year may also take more than 6 credits of 296.  A student who has completed an honors thesis will defend that thesis through an oral examination attended by the chair and reader of the thesis; this oral defense will typically take place during the spring semester of the students’ senior year.  Students who complete the honors sequence take a minimum of 36 hours to complete the requirements for the major in sociology.  Students must successfully complete an honors thesis by the end of the spring semester of their senior year.  Interested majors should contact the director of undergraduate studies for information.

David Hess, Director of Undergraduate Studies


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